78 NOTES ON ADDITIONS TO THE GREEK COINS NOTES ON ADDITIONS TO THE GREEK COINS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM, 1887-1896. [PLATE II.] DURING he last ten years no less than 4,361 coins of various parts of the Greek world have been added to the national collection.1 A certain number of these have been published year by year by Mr. Warwick Wroth in the Numnismatic Chronicle, under the title 'Greek Coins acquired by the British Museum.' A still larger number are described by Mr. Barclay Head, the Keeper of Coins, in the annual Parliamentary Return of the Accounts &c. of the British Museum. As the former publication is not seen by all who are generally interested in classical studies, while the latter suffers the fate of most Blue Books, it has been suggested that a short paper on the subject of these additions might be interesting to readers of this journal. I need hardly say that the selection here given is not meant to be representative. Had I attempted to give a full report of the acquisitions during the last ten years, these notes would have reduced themselves to a mere catalogue. It has been necessary therefore to choose out a very few coins from among the more important acquisitions. I have omitted in the first place coins which have be- come well known through publications not primarily confined to numismatics; in the second, pieces of purely numismatic interest; and in the third, many rare and interesting coins, such as the coin of Nabis, tyrant of Lacedaemon, or the gold stater struck at Athens in the name of Mithradates, simply because it would be difficult to add anything to the information already collected by my predecessors. Even in the case of the coins selected, I shall be largely going over old ground; but my excuse must be that some readers will be glad to be reminded that they will find fuller and more valuable information on these subjects in the publications to which I have referred. The date 1887 has been taken as a starting-point, for the reason that that year saw the publication of Head's Historia Numnorunm, o which every archaeologist naturally first refers for information on Greek numismatics. In the arrangement of places I have followed the geographical order of that work. The sizes of the coins are given in inches and tenths and the weights in grammes.
1 See the statistics given by W. Wroth in his forthcoming article in the Numismatic Chronicle, 1897, part ii. (' Greek Coins acquired by the British Museum in 1896 ').
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